A Touch of Sin Reviews

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May 15, 2014
Shocking. Stylish. Historic.
January 3, 2014
This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.
January 2, 2014
In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over.
January 2, 2014
Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
November 22, 2013
Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism.
November 22, 2013
Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.
November 21, 2013
Jia's primary concern here is the solitary suffering of his characters, punished to the point where they can't take anymore.
October 18, 2013
Epic and intimate, A Touch of Sin finally feels as big and complex, as contradictory and sad as, well, China.
October 17, 2013
Fists are raised, pistols are cocked and knives are brandished in Jia Zhangke's dystopian and throbbing take on modern China.
October 17, 2013
In addressing the two-pronged beast of westernization / corruption, Jia gives us a multipronged and engrossing set of plots.
October 14, 2013
In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction.
October 10, 2013
A corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
October 4, 2013
Sin, more stylized than the director's previous work, is also more detached.
Top Critic
October 4, 2013
The most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies.
October 4, 2013
"A Touch of Sin" is by no means subtle, but it is composed with a passion and sinuous grace that makes it far more effective than many other sincere message movies.
October 4, 2013
It's not a pretty picture, but it's a compelling one.
October 3, 2013
A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, "A Touch of Sin" is at once monumental and human scale.
Top Critic
October 3, 2013
The movie builds repeatedly to crescendo, pushing some desperate individual to the brink and then watching as he or she explodes into violence.
October 1, 2013
Jia has a knack for orchestrating violence: The brutality is just stylized enough to have a kick, though you always feel its emotional weight.
September 19, 2013
By far the best action movie of the year.
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